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Old 02-07-2015, 12:45 AM
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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Originally Posted by westom View Post
Companies that innovate change with the decades. I understand Fry's was a grocery store that started selling electronics parts. Then upgraded to electronics appliances as the market changed.

3M was a mining company that innovated so much as to change - to become a world leader in tapes and glues.

HP was a audio sound company that moved into electronic instrumentation, and eventually into computers. Then stole the printer business from non-innovating companies such as Xerox. HP changed with each decade when top management came from where the work gets done.
Yeah, I was going to say that in order to continue surviving, you'd REALLY need to change.

Like how Sears went from mail order shipping in the early 1900s (using railroad trains to deliver goods) or so to department store (while it lasted).

Or how Nintendo sold hanafuda cards in the late 1880s, tried out their hand in cab services, love hotels, switched to toys, and eventually into video games.

Or how Potbelly selling antiques, offering sandwiches, and just doing sandwiches and food later on.

Originally Posted by Ellise View Post
The last time I went into a Radio Shack, I bought a cable for $10. I could've gotten it on Amazon for $2, but I wanted it today. And then the cashier tried to sell me an extended warranty. On a cable.
Aaagh! I once bought a $12 pair of headphones from them back around 2005 or so. They tried to sell me an extended warranty for it for an additional $3. For some reason at the time, I thought it was a good idea and went with it. This $3 is amongst the biggest ripoff I fell for given the ratio of how small of an amount it was. I paid +$80 for an extended, +1 yr warranty on a Palm Zire 71, and even though that was more straight up $$, I still feel the $3 was worse! I'm still using these headphones just fine even today!
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Old 02-15-2015, 11:41 PM
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The equivalent in Britian is Maplin. They appear to be profitable. Maybe if Radio Shack learned how the competition was doing it. But that is not possible when manamagement comes from business schools; does not know anything about the products. Radio Shack management visiting Britian's Maplins would see what?
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:31 AM
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The real story here is that it has lasted this long. It hasn't been relevant for decades.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:38 AM
Location: Long Neck , DE
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It is a shame. But the world just passed them by. So sad to see the empty Radio Shack store in the Mall the other day.
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Old 02-16-2015, 06:03 PM
Location: Tall Building down by the river
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The best news of the year and so glad i cancelled their credit card due to the crappy products and horrible customer service for the credit card.
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